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Horsefeather

A vibrant and inviting cocktail scene at a cozy bar, showcasing a highball glass filled with a Horsefeather cocktail. The cocktail is beautifully garnished with a lemon twist and a dash of bitters on top, creating an inviting swirl of colors. The glass is surrounded by ingredients mentioned in the recipe: a bottle of whiskey, a ginger beer bottle, fresh lemons, and a small container of Angostura bitters. The bar counter is made of polished wood, and the background softly blurs into the warm, ambient lighting of the bar, creating a welcoming atmosphere that invites guests to try this delicious concoction

I want to tell you about an amazing drink called the Horsefeather. It’s a refreshing cocktail with a kick, perfect for any season. The Horsefeather is a twist on the classic whiskey cocktail, adding a spicy and bubbly touch that makes it unforgettable. I love serving it because it brings a smile to everyone’s face. Let’s dive into what makes the Horsefeather so special.

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Tasting Notes

The Horsefeather is a perfect balance of flavors. You get the warmth of whiskey, the spice from ginger beer, and a hint of citrus from a squeeze of lemon. It’s a little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, and totally refreshing. The addition of bitters adds a layer of complexity that ties everything together. It’s a drink that keeps you coming back for more.

Ingredients

To make a Horsefeather, you’ll need:

  • 2 oz of whiskey
  • Ginger beer (to top off)
  • A dash of Angostura bitters
  • A squeeze of lemon (about a quarter of a lemon)

Instructions

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour 2 oz of whiskey over the ice.
  3. Add a dash of Angostura bitters.
  4. Squeeze in the lemon, then drop it into the glass.
  5. Top off with ginger beer.
  6. Stir gently and serve with a straw.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality ginger beer for the best flavor. The spicier, the better.
  • Experiment with the amount of lemon to find your perfect balance of citrus.
  • A highball glass is traditional, but feel free to use whatever glass you have.

When to Serve

The Horsefeather is versatile. Serve it on a hot summer day to cool down, or in the winter to warm up. It’s perfect for gatherings, parties, or when you’re just relaxing at home. It’s a crowd-pleaser any time of the year.

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Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the Horsefeather, a good quality whiskey is key. You don’t have to break the bank, but choose a whiskey you enjoy on its own. Brands like Buffalo Trace, Bulleit, or Jameson work well. Each will give the cocktail a slightly different character, so feel free to experiment.

Similar Cocktails

If you like the Horsefeather, you might also enjoy these cocktails:

  1. Moscow Mule – Vodka, ginger beer, and lime.
  2. Dark ‘n’ Stormy – Dark rum and ginger beer.
  3. Whiskey Ginger – Whiskey and ginger ale.
  4. Kentucky Mule – Bourbon, ginger beer, and lime.

History

The Horsefeather is believed to have originated in Lawrence, Kansas, in the 1990s. It’s a Midwest twist on the classic highball cocktail, with its own unique flair. Though not as well-known as some other cocktails, it has a loyal following and is gaining popularity.

FAQs

Can I use ginger ale instead of ginger beer?

Yes, but the flavor will be milder. Ginger beer is spicier and gives the cocktail its signature kick.

Is it okay to use a different type of bitters?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different bitters to find your favorite combination.

Can I make it sweeter?

Yes, you can add a little simple syrup or increase the lemon for a sweeter, more citrusy drink.

The Horsefeather is a delightful cocktail that’s easy to make and even easier to enjoy. Whether you’re a whiskey lover or just looking for something new to try, this cocktail won’t disappoint. Give it a mix, and cheers to a new favorite!

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A vibrant and inviting cocktail scene at a cozy bar, showcasing a highball glass filled with a Horsefeather cocktail. The cocktail is beautifully garnished with a lemon twist and a dash of bitters on top, creating an inviting swirl of colors. The glass is surrounded by ingredients mentioned in the recipe: a bottle of whiskey, a ginger beer bottle, fresh lemons, and a small container of Angostura bitters. The bar counter is made of polished wood, and the background softly blurs into the warm, ambient lighting of the bar, creating a welcoming atmosphere that invites guests to try this delicious concoction

Horsefeather Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
4 from 1 vote
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: horsefeathre cocktail
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner

Instructions

  • Fill a highball glass with ice.
  • Pour 2 oz of whiskey over the ice.
  • Add a dash of Angostura bitters.
  • Squeeze in the lemon, then drop it into the glass.
  • Top off with ginger beer.
  • Stir gently and serve with a straw.
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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